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Typhoon Ends, Leaving 41 Dead in South Korea

August 28, 1995| From Reuters

SEOUL — Typhoon Janis finally fizzled out near the east coast of North Korea on Sunday, but it left a trail of death and destruction across the southern half of the Korean peninsula.

South Korea's National Disaster Center said the death toll rose to 41 after a woman, her 9-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son were crushed to death by a landslide in Kapyong, 35 miles northeast of Seoul.

Twelve other people were still missing and feared dead in heavy rains that first struck the country Wednesday.

The disaster center said the torrential rains had left 860 people homeless and destroyed at least 223 buildings across the country. At least 65,700 acres of farmland were flooded, it said.

The agency had expected Janis to dump up to six inches of rain over central areas of the country, but an official said the typhoon weakened as it approached the peninsula, dropping only 2.4 to 2.8 inches of rain on those areas in its final hours.

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